"Explosive" Filipino puncher Richard Claveras (9-0-2, 9) made the first successful defence of his WBC Asian Boxing Council Light Flyweight title earlier today as he made very light work of the previously unbeaten Sangthong Chor Pakdee (4-1, 4) and scored an opening round KO.
The 25 year old Claveras, a natural power puncher, won the title just over 2 months ago with a dominant display against Namphol Sithsaithong. That performance was so one sided that Namphol tasted the canvas twice in the opening round before being stopped in just 157 seconds.
With this win Claveras extends his KO streak to 7 successive fights dating back to a 4th round victory over Richie Bagaan in April 2013. Those 7 wins have taken a combined 11 rounds and featured a staggering 5 opening round KO's. In fact from his 11 bouts to date Claveras has finished off 7 opponents inside a round and 8 foes inside 2 rounds!
On the same card fans saw Momoko Kanda (7-6-2, 1) claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Female Minimumweight title with a 4th round TKO against Thailand's Nongnun Mor Krungthepthonburi (2-3). This bout, the second meeting between the two women, was Nongnun's third success loss and saw Kanda adding the Asian Boxing Council title to the Continental version of the belt she won back in June with a 6 round decision over Nongnun.
Another notable contest from this card featured former world ranked fighter Ronelle Ferreras (14-7-3, 6) who was disappointingly held to a draw by fellow Filipino JC Francisco (6-8-3, 2). Those who recognise Ferreras's name may well recall that he was out pointed by Japanese star Kosei Tanaka earlier this year and he now looks a long, long way from being a "world ranked" fighter having gone 1-2-1 in his last 3.
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